“The goodness of God leads you to repentance…” Romans 2:4 (NKJV)
In the midst of warning men about the consequences of their sins, Paul writes the above sentence. He is telling us that the call to repentance is because God is good! When God calls the unbeliever or believer to repentance, it is because of His goodness towards us.
The enemy of our faith is constantly lying to us about God. His lies usually go something like this:
“God is trying to keep you from having fun… He is keeping something good from you… if you give these things up, your life will be a drag…”
The truth is, when God is asking us to turn away from sin, it is for two reasons:
1. He desires to protect us. Paul goes on to tell us in Romans the consequences (wages) of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Following the world and the things of the world has only one consequence – death. So, God in calling us to turn away (repent) from the things of the world, He is protecting us from a life time of pain and sorrow (even though it may seem like fun now) and eventual death.
2. He desires to provide for us. Submitting your life to God is not the drag the enemy of our faith says it is. John the beloved says, “His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3, NKJV). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, these words are true. God cannot lie! He has something significantly better for your life right now! Abundant life now and life eternal with Him.
Now, let me say that the Christian life is difficult. Jesus said it best: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14, NKJV)
It is difficult to be a Christian. Jesus said so. But it is even more difficult to continue in sin. So, when He calls us to repent, it is because of His goodness towards us.
I believe that we are living on the edge of eternity. At any time Jesus could return for His Church. Will we be ready? Will He find us in sin, complacent, absorbed by the things of the world? Or will He find us working, watching and waiting?
Think about it…